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The Last Goon Show of All (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  10 May 1972 (UK)
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Credited cast:
Ray Ellington ...
Himself / The Red Bladder
Max Geldray ...
Harry Secombe ...
Himself / Neddie Seagoon
Andrew Timothy ...


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10 May 1972 (UK)  »

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The Last Goon Show  »

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This show was recorded at The Camden Theatre, in North London, the same location as hosted many of the original BBC radio Goon Shows in the 1950s. The building is still there today, as is the pub opposite to where the cast would slip out during the musical breaks for "a spot of the old brandy". See more »


Neddie Seagoon: [discovering Eccles in the coal cellar] What are you doing here?
Eccles: Everybody's gotta be somewhere...
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After the closing titles, Spike Milligan shouts "Now get out!" at the audience. See more »


Referenced in The All New Alexei Sayle Show: Episode #1.2 (1994) See more »

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Great fun for fans, but don't start here
18 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Goon fan from an early age, thanks to radio repeats in the mid-1970s, I can now revisit the source of so much of my childhood mirth via the regular Goon reruns on cable radio. And to me, the original shows now vary from plainly terrible (early), through spotty (mid period), to inspired genius going into orbit (last couple of years). They do really seem to have become "more switched on" as they progressed.

Then there's this one-off special, taped in 1972. Fans will probably know the story by now: t'was the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio; Milligan supposedly didn't want to do the show at all and had to be cajoled into it, finally cobbling together a script in a couple of days; some of yer actual Royals were present in the audience... yes all true but the main attraction here is to actually see a Goon Show taking place, since apart from a couple of very dodgy films and 1960s TV recreations, this is the only visual record we have available. (Surprising -perhaps- that nobody thought to film any of the original performances when the show was at its peak).

There's no real plot to this reunion effort, but since when did that matter much with the Goons at their best? Some of the actual gags here might be weak (although I'd disagree with their being especially crude, as mentioned elsehwere), but there are moments of Goonish genius throughout. And it's great fun for fans. The team's comic timing is pretty much still there. Spot the in-jokes, of which there are many (watch for the orchestra tapping their batons back at their conductor!). Listen out for a brilliant, inspired sound collage (BBC Radiophonics?) representing Major Bloodnok taking a dose of his "perversions" to ward off the approaching Red Bladder. Watch the cast corpse repeatedly. Marvel at the period fashions (or lack of). And yes, you can finally see why Max Geldray was nicknamed "Conks".

Various edits exist, and some are fairly severe, with up to 30 minutes of material missing.

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